3 Takeaways from Utah’s Win Over UND

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Ravell Call – Deseret News

On August 31st, the University of Utah kicked off their football season at Rice-Eccles Stadium with a win over North Dakota. The Utes saw great offensive games from Tyler Huntley, Darren Carrington, Zach Moss and Troy McCormick. The Utes made a lot of mental mistakes that took away some big plays and cost the Utes 135 yards in penalties. These are my 3 big takeaways from the Utes first game.

The Tyler Huntley show is here!

This is the first time (in a LOOONG time) that I have been this excited about a quarterback. Huntley threw for 23/32 and 1 touchdown, good enough for 71%. He also rushed for 70 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. Huntley made a bad throw on the first drive of the game that resulted in an interception. After the mistake, Huntley was patient and threw the ball away when he had pressure instead of forcing throws. The best news about Huntley…we get him for 3 MORE YEARS!

Darren Carrington II lived up to the hype!

Carrington finished the game with 10 receptions for 127 yards and 1 TD. He ran crisp routes and always seemed to be open when Huntley was feeling pressure. Carrington and Moss both mentioned post game that Troy Taylor didn’t open up the playbook and kept things very vanilla. It will be exciting to see this offense unleashed against BYU in the rivalry game next week.

The offensive line has a lot of work ahead..

The offensive line was great in the run block but really struggled in the pass block. This seems to always be an issue for the Utah O-line, we can get big push downfield for our running backs, but we can’t give our QB time to make his progression reads. We struggled with the same things against SUU last year and coached Harding was able to correct it. Let’s hope the O-line can turn things around before we have to face the Stanford and Washington D-lines.

There is a lot to be excited about with this Utah football team! We have exciting players on offense and defense. The defense looked solid outside of a few big pass plays in the second half. The D-line was stout in stopping the run but didn’t get much pressure on the QB. Look for the D-line to bring more designed packages against BYU next week.

Tune in next week for a write-up on the rivalry game!

– Jesse Beckstrom